(Walt Disney, who brought some of the Harris tales to the movie screen, was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs, California, U.S.A.)  Another daring adventurer, Thor Heyerdahl, is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Larvik, Norway.  Marshall Carl-Gustaf Mannerheim who was a honorary member of The Rotary Club of Helsinki from 1934 until his death in 1951. Submitted by: PDG Kari Tallberg H.M. Vittorio Emanuele III, King of Italy, honorary member of Rotary Club of Rome
 Many of the illustrious figures in world affairs have been and are Rotarians.  Royalty and elected political officials have been drawn to Rotary’s ideal of “Service Above Self.”  
The Presidents of the United States that were Honorary Rotarians are: Woodrow Wilson (RC of Birmingham, AL) (TR April 1915 p.76), Calvin Coolidge, (Obituary)  Other honorary U.S., Presidents were Herbert Hoover, …  Franklin D. Roosevelt (honorary member of the RC of Albany,,  Harry S. Truman, … ..
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 Dwight D. Eisenhower,  (honorary member of the RC of Abilene, Kansas (1942), Gettysburg, Pennsylvania (1952), and Newport, Rhode Island, (1957)), .. John F. Kennedy have been honorary Rotarians. . Richard Nixon – Whittier, CA since 1948
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Ronald W. Reagan – Pacific Palisades, CA  George W. Bush – RC of Washington DC (made an honorary member by RI Past President Frank Devlyn at a ceremony on 2 July, 2001 at the White House) HRH the Prince of Wales, honorary member Windsor, Ontario, Canada, from The Rotarian May 1921, (Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler) Charles H.R.H the Prince of Wales, Honorary Member, Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan, D1010 UK (webmaster Rtn. Chris Engle)
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Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor – Honorary member of two Canadian Rotary clubs. TR March 1936 p. 27.


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 Another honorary member was  Associate Justice William O. Douglas.


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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> There is royalty in Rotary.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> The honorary president of the Rotary Cub of Monaco, Monaco, is Prince Rainier III.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> King Baudouin I of Belgium, is an honorary member of the Rotary Cub of Brussels.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> King Hassan II of Morocco, </style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> King Carl VI Gustav of Sweden, and …</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands are patrons of Rotary in their countries.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, chief executive of Chile, was, at one time, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Santiago.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Many of the world’s leading industrialists and businessmen are Rotarians. </style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Dr. Karl A. Menninger, M.D. – Chairman of the Board of Trustees Menninger Foundation – Honorary Member Rotary Club of Topeka, Kansas. Rotary International Archives / Central Files-Subject Files / Notables – General. Letter dated 28 January, 1977 from Claire Hettinger, DG 571.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, philosopher and physician, was an honorary member of the Rotary clubs of Colmar, France, and Passau, Germany.</style=”font-size:> The opera singer Florence MacBeth, born in Mankato/Minnesota, Primadonna of the Chicago Civic Opera, was made honorary member of the RC St. Paul, Minnesota as early as 1915.

Crown Prince Umberto of Savoia, was honorary member of the Rotary Club of Cuneo (district 2030, Italy), because this city was his born place.

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Crown Prince Umberto of Savoia
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotarians are impressive travelers.  Sir Edmund Hillary, an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Auckland, New Zealand, has trekked to the top of Mt. Everest.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Another honorary Rotarian has flown to the moon!  Former U.S. astronaut Neil A. Armstrong is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.A.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Former astronaut Alan B. Shephard, Jr., was an honorary Rotarian in Derry, New Hampshire, U.S.A.</style=”font-size:> Astronaut L. Gordon Cooper was once a down-to-earth honorary Rotarian in Space Center (Houston) Texas, U.S.A
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> General Douglas MacArthur – WWII US General – Honorary member of the RC of Tokyo, Japan (Approximately April or May 1949) The Rotarian – July 1949 page 21.</style=”font-size:> H.R.H. the Duke of Aosta was honorary member of RC Naples, Italy, District 2100.

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People are known and remembered for a number of reasons. When they do something that has an impact on others or something impressive, they are honored by a number of organizations across the world. Rotary has asset of such honorary members too. These are members who are famous and are well recognized in the world. They are given a honorary membership and are not expected to attend meetings or have attendance like other members. They could have invested something of significance, could have developed software like The Brit Method, etc that brought about a big change in the trading industry, or could have contributed in some other way.